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#1 posted 09-08-2013 02:09 PM

Just my thoughts and observances on blocks for your own kids. I had 4 kids and made blocks that were passed around, used and abused and imagined into soooo many things. Blocks are the best toy any kid can have. First off manufactured blocks are usually hard maple but for your own kids anything will do since they will come into your shop and pick through your scrap bin and make additions. Sand them smooth and break the edges. As for a finish IMHO I wouldn’t use any, it’s just safer if they put them in their mouth, and they will put them in their mouth. And why waste your time since they will finish them on their own using crayons, stickers or magic markers. When they do that it makes you feel bad that you wasted your time finishing them. BUT on the other hand it makes you proud that they are using their own imagination. Don’t make a fitted case for them since the block collection will grow just build a durable lidless over sized wooden box maybe with casters.
Well, reread what you wrote and it sounds like you want to make blocks to sell or give away if that is the case it is BEST NOT to finish the blocks, or any toys for that matter, since toys need childproof finishes (you can find much debate on this subject on line). Now as for the rest of what I wrote it’s all still very true All kids love blocks whether manufactured or hand made by a relative. If you end up making boxes too just stamp your name on the box another idea would be a canvass drawstring bag with your logo on it.

And now a quick block story. Back in the mid 70’s my daughter was very young and one day was running around with just one block. I asked her what she was doing and she said it was her calculator. CHANGE TIMES!!! My granddaughter (one of my son’s kids not my daughters) came up to me one day with one of those same blocks and said here grandpa the cell phone is for you. Blocks transcend time!


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